Introduction to European Law

Introduction to European Law

This lecture outlines evolution of the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighbouring States in 1951 to today’s supranational organization of 28 countries, and explains the role of the different institutions, the legal instruments and their interaction with the law of the Member States.  It is a vital part of the course, since Information Technology Law is strongly influenced by European Law.

Students will learn about the basic structure and functioning of the European Union, its importance, its legal instruments and institutions.

This is particularly interesting for students, who completed their undergraduate degree outside the EU. But it is also helpful for students who have heard EU Law before, since they are able to refresh their knowledge in a fast moving area.  


Primary Sources



Secondary Sources:

Craig / G. de Búrca, EU Law – Text, Cases and Materials, 5th Ed., Oxford 2011,
Haltern, Europarecht – Dogmatik im Kontext, 2. Aufl., Heidelberg 2007,
Hartley, The Foundations of European Union Law,7th Ed., Oxford 2010,
Herdegen, Europarecht, 15. Aufl., München 2013
A. von Bogdandy / J. Bast, Principles of European Constitutional Law, 2nd Ed., Munich 2011




Further reading material will be provided nearer the time.